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Information about our School Direct Consortium


Schools Direct Information


I would like to provide you with a few details about our Schools Direct Consortium. Tom Donohoe (the headteacher at Anton Junior School in Andover) is co-ordinating the Schools Direct initiative for a large group of schools in the Test Valley. Anton Junior was recognised as an 'outstanding school' in their Ofsted inspection in 2014 and has a long record of working with trainee teachers. We have now joined forces with a large group of like-minded schools; the full list of schools and their headteachers is as follows;

Anton Infant School
Anton Junior School
Portway Junior School
Knights Enham Junior

Endeavour Primary

Lockerley Primary

Oakridge Junior School
Merdon Junior School
Clatford Primary School
Vigo Infants school
Wolverdene Special School
North Waltham Junior School
Vigo Junior School
Padnell Infant School
Norman Gate Special
Great Binfields Primary
Pilgrims Cross Primary
Marchwood Junior School
St Mary Bourne Primary School
Portway Infant School
Grateley Primary School



I believe strongly in Schools Direct as an effective route into the world of teaching and whilst your year spent working in school will prove exhausting, it will also be rewarding and if you work hard and put a lot into it, you will find that you are well prepared for your newly qualified year.

Between these schools we are applying for thirty Schools Direct places for September 2015 with the support of The University of Winchester. In time, the schools will want to give you the opportunity to come and visit us to see what we have to offer to trainee teachers. With that in mind, we will be hosting open days for you to visit us. Check back to the website soon for details of dates and times. You will be able to visit as many or as few of the schools as you like, all you have to do is contact the school to arrange the day and specific time of your visit. Contact details for each individual school are given above.

Before contacting any of the schools I would suggest that you do your own research to gather information on Schools Direct, the following website is a useful source of information; and there is a short but useful video here

There are a number of benefits to SDs if you register with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, so I would advise you to do that. You will receive a helpful step-by-step guide to becoming a teacher; email updates with important news on teacher training, funding and events in your area; the option to call the team of UK-based teaching experts for advice and information on how you can interact with NCTL and even get your questions answered via Facebook and Twitter!

You are probably aware that with Schools Direct being a work based route into teaching, it is vitally important that you have gained some good, meaningful experience during your time in primary schools. Applicants without this experience generally find the rigorous interview process difficult and fail to secure a place on Schools Direct.

If you are applying for an ITT course which begins in 2014/15 or after, you will need to have passed the teaching skills tests before the start of the course. It is recommended that applicants take their tests as soon as possible after submitting their application and before their interview.

Once we have received confirmation from the National College of Teaching and Leadership about the number of places our consortium has definitely received, we will move forward with the application process. Details of that will be available from our school website.